The 14th Century and Beyond (Notes:80)

A general feature of histories of medieval philosophy is that they abruptly stop around or after the 14th century. Other histories highly praise Aquinas, raising him to a height synonymous with the ending of medieval philosophy, while deriding Occam’s skepticism. Both of these explanations are, however, simplistic; professor Williams, then, would like to in this…Read more »

What Occam’s Razor Leaves Behind (Notes:78)

Occam’s contribution to medieval philosophy is located within logic and metaphysics, not necessarily ‘reason and faith’. But, he does have his importance to this project. Top among these principles is the idea that has since come to be known as “Occam’s Razor”. The second is his denial that there are universal entities. Professor Williams remarks…Read more »